Aspire to Inspire

The moment I heard this phrase, it aroused my interest and set my thinking caps on! So here I am, penning down my thoughts on this wonderful, thought-provoking topic.

In my opinion, to aspire means to have a desire and strive towards fulfilling it. An aspiring individual has the fire required to accomplish his innermost ambitions and desires. On the other hand, to inspire is to stimulate an aspiration or desire in others. An inspiring individual has the uncanny potential to light the fire in others so that they can accomplish something in life.

Today many people inspire us like actors, business tycoons, sport stars and the list is endless. But how many people really aspire to inspire? These qualities together are rarely found in an individual, but those who possess it, are definitely achievers and just not dreamers.

Yes, every Tom, Dick and Harry don’t think about being an inspiration to others as in today’s world most people think of how to make the other person lose in the game of life but never think how to win the game. They always want to pull the person’s leg who is sincerely trying to reach the top of the ladder which is leading to success.

One may wonder that everyone wants to succeed in life, and so when one does succeed, he becomes an inspiration for others who have just begun to strive to achieve something. But there is a difference between an individual who succeeds and becomes an inspiration and an individual who succeeds to become an inspiration.

But still the question remains – Who are the people who aspire to inspire before they expire? Teachers and Parents play a very important role in the lives of children as they are the guiding light from where the young children get the aspiration from. Parents and teachers always hope for the best for their children and students. They are the people who aspire to inspire as they want their students and children to help them and their nation to be proud of them. A coach is another example of a being who aspires to inspire the team to win the game and come back.

Many people around the globe think that we get aspirations only from successful people but that’s not entirely true. An unsuccessful person can also light the spark in you as it will also be his/her achievement if you achieve something extraordinary which he/she once dreamt of but was unsuccessful in his/her attempt.

Today, we can see that people who are successful in their lives are not necessarily from well-to-do families. They are successful because they have seen the struggle and failures of other people in their family and they learn from others’ failures and try not to commit those same mistakes. Here are some examples of some great men who started their lives from scratch and managed to make a a place for themselves in this dominating world. – Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Steve Jobs, Mr. Dhirubhai Ambani, Mr. Lakshmi Mittal, and the list goes on and on.

In a nutshell, one who aspires to inspire is always passionate about helping individuals move beyond their limitations and help them see that they can do and be what they envision.

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Life on Moon!

Get ready to buy a property on moon as a new analysis of volcanic glass collected during the Apollo missions in the 1970s has revealed that water is present beneath the Moon’s parched surface. (Here’s a fine example to prove that appearances are deceptive!)

The researchers at the Brown University have found that up to 50 parts per million of water are trapped in tiny spheres of volcanic glass. So finally, life on moon may someday change into a reality and who knows maybe we will be able to visit our farmhouses for a summer break!

Power Shortage!

We all hear about the approaching end of Earth’s resources, but do we really do something to secure the next generation’s future? Well, the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board has taken an initiative to cut down a little on the ever-rising power usage in the city. They have decided to suspend power for an hour everyday in Chennai and for two-hours in its suburbs.

The electricity board has guaranteed to cut the power only during the daytime, mostly between 10am and 6pm, depending on the area, so students are not disturbed and people will not have to spend sleepless nights after a long day. They have assured people that even the residents’ of politicians and other influential people will not be exceptions.

3-D image on you palm!

Doesn’t it sound exciting when you imagine yourself, holding a 3-D image of the person closest to your heart in your palm? Well, that day isn’t too far. Yes, Japan whose technological accomplishments are many in number is going to come up with a gadget, gCubik, that will enable you to hold a three-dimensional image of anybody and anything.

Researchers hope to develop this gadget which is still at the prototype stage in another three years and even make it appear to speak. The gCubik’s panels have many tiny lenses on liquid crystal displays. Unlike conventional 3D displays, which are viewed only from one side, gCubik can be seen from three sides, giving different images from various angles. Moreover, users will not need special glasses to view the image.

The experts working on this gadget say that this will be very useful to all, irrespective of their profession and age. For example, school teachers can use it in science classes, while elderly people can see the images of their grandchildren living far away.

Antarctica ice shelf hanging

Yesterday, while reading the newspaper, I got the shock of my life when I read about a large plate of floating ice shelf which is known by the name ‘Wilkins Ice Shelf’ attached to Antarctica was breaking up and just hanging by its last thread. You may ask me now ‘How is that possible?’ Well, I am sure most of us know the answer as it is the same cause which we read about almost everyday as if it were a part and a parcel of our life. You must have guessed it by now. Yes it is none other than Global Warming.

We all know that the Antarctica peninsula has had one of the highest rates of global warming anywhere in the world in the recent decades. But now even the scientists are beginning to get concerned and puzzled as to how this latest breakup occurred when atmospheric temperatures were at their lowest, I repeat lowest, in the Southern Hemisphere.

According to the newspaper sources – David Vaughan of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) said “Current events are showing that we were being too conservative, when we made the prediction in the early 1990s that Wilkins Ice Shelf would be lost within 30 years. The truth is it is going more quickly than we guessed.”

A story to share…

One of the best short stories I have ever read. Felt like sharing with all of you.

The train has started moving. It is packed with people of all ages, mostly with the working men and women and young college guys and gals. Near the window, seated a old man with his 30 year old son. As the train moves by, the son is overwhelmed with joy as he was thrilled with the scenery outside.

“See dad, the scenery of green trees moving away is very beautiful”

This behaviour from a thirty year old made the other people feel strange about him. Every one started murmuring something or other about him. “This guy seems to be a crack.” newly married Anup whispered to his wife.

Suddenly it started raining… Rain drops fell on the travelers through the opened window. The Thirty year old son, filled with joy “See dad, how beautiful the rain is ..”

Anup’s wife got irritated with the rain drops spoiling her new suit.

Can’t you see its raining, you old man, if your son is not feeling well get him soon to a mental asylum but don’t disturb the public henceforth”

The old man hesitated first and then in a low tone replied ” We are on the way back from hospital, my son got discharged today morning, he was blind by birth, last week only he got his vision, these rain and nature are new to his eyes.. Please forgive us for the inconvenience caused…”